- Meeting was held at Mike Boulland's house. Attendees: Mike Boulland,
Ronald Horii, John Patterson, Mario and Grace Blaum, Holly Davis, Rick Leonard,
Kitty Monahan, Hazen Anderson and family. Judyth Hieb came. She is interested
in Native American history and is taking a class in it.
- In March, we need to vote for the board members.
- Driver's license: If we get a county license, we can drive a county
park's van and drive people into the park. There are four vans. John Dorrance
drives one. We can save the money if we volunteer to help drive to events.
Otherwise, the county has to pay a park employee to drive. To get a license,
we have to show a DMV license and take a 4-hour class in defensive driving.
Classes are offered once a year (we missed the one for this year). The license
is good for 3 years.
- We need to renew our park use permit.
- A new volunteer coordinator was just hired. (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Parks report: John Patterson
- The parks hired a resource staff to do tree work.
- Calero maintenance is keeping the BGJ Ranch up and will be working
on the trails.
- Graders will be getting to the trails next week.
- Muddy areas on the bottom of some of the trails are due to bad trail
- The volunteer trails to the Lagatutta property are gone.
- Holly reported that the drainage pipe on the Mine Trail near the junction
with the Big Oak Valley trail, is sticking up again. This area is very muddy.
A creek drains through here.
- There are fish and game issues when doing work in a creekbed during
- The Joice Trail is muddy.
- The single-track trails have problems.
- They are looking at a trail from BGJ to Buck Norred.
- The priority is to fix the existing trails before making new ones.
- The bridge at the archery range is complete.
- Forrest Williams and Mike met with the Santa Teresa Foothills Neighborhood
Association, which is concerned with the Coyote-Alamitos Canal Trail. The
city has a grant to study it.
- The Pyzak property is now county parks property. They signed escrow.
The city and county bought it. The city used Open Space Authority funds to
help the county buy the property. Pyzak moved out of the house. There may
be historical artifacts around the house.
- Forrest Williams wants to have a city dedication of the Pyzak property
with the mayor.
- The parks department wants to connect the parks. They are looking
at the Lester property.
- Canada Del Oro is scheduled for a 2004 opening.
- 2/18 is the kickoff for trails training. We need someone to attend
the meeting to be a trail lead.
- April 2003 is adopt-a-trail.
- The county is talking about making plans for the old barn restoration.
- Potential projects/events:
- Horse corral restoration.
- Help paint Buck Norred's.
- Work on a dedication for Buck Norred's.
- Nature trail by the Pueblo area.
- Ghost tour.
- Bernal racetrack tour (Pleasanton).
- Wildflower walk.
- The parks department is working on the meadow and drainage in the
upper corral at Buck Norred's. The San Jose Mounted Rangers have come to
look at the facility.
- Hours (last 2 months):
- We had 1700 volunteer hours last year. We are approaching 10,000 hours
total. The parks dept. lost track of 5,000 hours.
- Mario Blaum:12 + 12
- Judith: 10
- Holly Davis: 23 + 23
- Kitty Monahan: 4
- Ronald Horii: 20 + 40
- Hazen Anderson: 3
- Mike Boulland: 15 + 15
- Rick Leonard: John Dorrance is keeping track, add 3.
- Holly (treasurer's report and 4H):
- Account balance: $844.
- The chickens at the BGJ Ranch are quarantined. There is a form of
Newcastle's Disease out. 400,000 chickens have been killed. Inspectors are
checking. There will be no field trips into the coop.
- 4H will have to move its meeting place, maybe to Baldwin.
- John Dorrance wants to get milking goats. Someone needs to milk them.
4H said OK to pygmy goats.
- We need a hitching post at the ranch.
- The trail sign is up at the BGJ Ranch. We should put out handouts
on the trail sign. We can put out our flyer. We can have a brochure with
a donation envelope.
- We can plan for an annual picnic at the BGJ Ranch.
- Rick Leonard
- Rick held 2 hikes in the past 2 months.
- The plan is to have a hike or activity the last Saturday of every
- Last Saturday, they set out and demonstrated old-style washing machines.
- Plans include a blacksmith demonstration, wash day, photography hike.
- We can have a wildflower walk the last Saturday in March. Meet at
the Pueblo area at 9:00.
- California Trail Days will be the 2nd Saturday in April. They will
pick a park and do trail maintenance training.
- Ron showed a videotape he made of the waterfall in Laurel Canyon,
hiking up Coyote Peak, and other trails.
- Ron is making a new Website on the Coyote Creek Trail: http://www.geocities.com/bayareaparks/CoyoteCreekTrail/CoyoteCreekTrail.htm
Secretary, Friends of Santa Teresa Park
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